ARD Day 2010 – What are your expectations?

In the run-up to Agriculture and Rural Development Day 2010, the event organizers want to know what registered participants expect from this year’s  event  in terms of possible achievements.
What are the key themes and outputs for you?  Which  messages do the COP negotiators need to hear? Will the COP16 climate negotiations achieve success? – These are only few suggestions to express your views.

Please post your comments, questions, and views by commenting on this post.

As background, the organizers had set the following aims for ARDD 2010:

  • Bring agriculture sector adaptation and mitigation strategies to the forefront of the global climate treaty negotiations
  • Demonstrate clearly that agriculture is where climate change, food security, and development intersect.
  • Inform the climate change negotiations and advocate for a COP decision including agriculture — and at the same time looking beyond the negotiations.
  • Gia Gaspard Taylor November 4, 2010 at 2:30 am

    The impact of climate change on agriculture, and the rural woman, is key to sustainable development, taking into consideration, that for much of humanity, the effect of water shortages and rising temperatures on food security are important issues, there are no substitutes for water, but there are substitutes for oil

    Water shortages and rising temperatures are associated with climate change, a serious issue for the Caribbean, just take this week with the passage of Hurricane Tomas and the destruction of Bananas and other crops in St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Barbados, Tobago, millions lost. Small Islands in the Caribbean, and Governments must devote time and energy to lists adapting to climate change as a priority for the Caribbean small low lying states which are most vulnerable.

  • ELEMIDE, Oyebola adebola November 4, 2010 at 4:12 am

    My expectation is that the developed countries will agree to support the least developing countries in combating the effect of climate change

    That there would be agreement by all countries to invest more on sustainability and adaptability on the effect of climate change

    That gender issues,poverty reduction, and governance would be covered in mitigating the effect of climate change

    • Gia Gaspard Taylor November 4, 2010 at 9:04 pm


      I would also like to suggest that we take a close look at renewable energy and water-harvesting as two measures that can be applied with little costs, but effective strategy

  • irene a. de vera November 7, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    Agriculture, climate change and food security are interrelated. All of them are initiated by man. Before, almost every space was productive with plants and trees including animals. Early humans begin to find food until they shift from hunting and gathering to cultivating food. Land cultivation or agriculture is a profound milestone in human evolution. It allowed great increase in population size and permitted people to exploit land resources. As land was cleared and cultivated, the wilderness and forests vanished giving way to agriculture and industries to flourish. With agriculture and industry mispractices, these resulted to rapid increase in air, water and land pollution as well as problem with solid and hazardous waste disposal. As more solid and agricultural wastes are dumped and burned particularly rice wastes, more greenhouse gases are generated that contribute to global climate change. Climate change respect no one. It affects the poor equally as the rich as shown by typhoon Ondoy happened in Manila, Peping and recently Juan in my province, Pangasinan, Philippines. Frequent typhoons in the Philippines and in Asia, drought as well as pest and diseases to other parts of the earth affect the most vulnerable sector, agriculture. Such case leads to food insecurity. To bring us into a preferred view of food security, we need to assess our values as an individual and a nation and start to respect our resources and rebuild it by bringing back the forests through proper land zoning and delineation, promotion of agroforestry and organic agriculture for biodiversity conservation and also carbon sequestration, and more sustainability approaches like society’s reduction of use of resources, market-based and legal solutions, and lastly, cooperativism.